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Until We Meet Again, D.C
In the span of three days, I went from 25 degree F weather to 65 F, from craving hot chocolate in blistering D.C. cold to sipping my mother’s homemade smoothies produced with berries fresh from our humble orchard in sunny California. Talk about a jarring (yet welcome!) change of pace.
DC Recap: What I've Learned From a Semester in Washington
I still need to pack. The UCDC building kicks us out tomorrow, and that move-out date totally snuck up on me. These past weeks have been spent going to goodbye dinners for all the quarter students leaving, finishing up projects at my internship, going to professional-social holiday parties (they...Read more about DC Recap: What I've Learned From a Semester in Washington
Learning Curves and Woodland Retreats: Navigating the Daily 9-5 Grind
So, a few things have changed in D.C since my last blog post. The federal shutdown ended after a grueling 2 1/2 weeks, during which the public and House Speaker John Boehner’s tears grew infinitely larger as they wept at the sad state of our nation’s democracy (or in Boehner’s case, his dismal...Read more about Learning Curves and Woodland Retreats: Navigating the Daily 9-5 Grind
Decoding DC - What Life is Really Like in the Nation's Capital
The start of the federal government shutdown of 2013 coincided with a spike in temperature. I know this for sure, because I celebrated surviving the DC summer humidity with a weekend of beautiful low- to mid-70’s temperatures reminiscent of Berkeley weather. And then the government closed down...Read more about Decoding DC - What Life is Really Like in the Nation's Capital
10 Things You Can Still Do in D.C During a Government Shutdown–For $10 or Less!
In the past year or so, I’ve gone from India to Lafayette to Berkeley to Chile to Lafayette once again and finally arrived in D.C, realizing that I am perhaps destined to be a global nomad. I will support myself by living out my dreams of being a faux National Geographic photographer, taking low...Read more about 10 Things You Can Still Do in D.C During a Government Shutdown–For or Less!
Fall Washington Fellow Placement
We are happy to announce that fall 2013 Washington Fellow Tara Yarlagadda will be interning at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)! Of the UCDC experience, Yarlagadda says:
"I have been interested in the UCDC program since I attended an informational session during the...Read more about Fall Washington Fellow Placement
Meet Trinh and Tara
We asked our fall Washington Fellows why they applied for the UCDC program and what they are looking forward to in the Nation's Capital. Here is what they had to say:
Trinh Nguyen:...Read more about Meet Trinh and Tara
Another Hello from D.C.
We received an update from our other Washington Fellow, Alana Baum. Alana is interning at OtherWords with the Institute for Policy Studies.
"Everything in DC is going great! The weather is finally warming up, which is very exciting. I'm really enjoying my internship and my classes. I've...Read more about Another Hello from D.C.
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